This is a guest post by Nancy Carroll, grade 4 teacher at Boyden School in Walpole, Massachusetts. If you are interested in contributing to the Edmodo Blog, send an email to email@example.com.
While on Twitter one evening I mentioned to a fellow fourth grade teacher that my class was traveling to Plimoth Plantation in Plymouth, MA to learn more about the Pilgrims and Wampanoags. She tweeted back: “Jealous!”
As she is located in Indiana it made me sad to think that she and her class would never, in all likelihood, get to experience this amazing ‘living’ museum. That’s when my “Shared Field Trip” using Edmodo was born!
I’m a new Edmodo user and I have been looking for ways to seamlessly incorporate it into my daily lessons. Being able to connect and collaborate on projects with classrooms around the globe makes this a valuable real world tool. Knowing that much of my Twitter PLN also uses Edmodo, it made me think that this would be an effective way to share our trip.
How it worked:
- I created an Edmodo group and tweeted the “request to join” URL a day or two before the trip.
- Students/classes joined our Plimoth Plantation field trip group.
- Links to set prior knowledge were shared to the group.
- Members of the group brainstormed and asked questions about Pilgrims/Wampanoags.
- 2 iPads were utilized on the field trip to retrieve/respond to the groups’ inquiries.
- Further responses were made upon our return to our classroom.
Here are some helpful hints if you decide to share your next field trip on Edmodo:
- Group code or “request to join” URL should be sent out well in advance (a week or more).
- Questions should be made known before leaving for the trip.
- Upload video & audio links from the trip.
- Decide ahead if the “shared field trip” will be in ‘real time’.
- Check for Wifi availability before arrival.
- Try to use more than one device.
- Motivating for students.
- Makes trip more interactive.
- Gives students greater purpose.
- Many students/groups benefit from shared knowledge.
- Connecting and collaborating globally.
My students were truly more motivated knowing their counterparts in the group wanted information. It became important for them to inquire for the ‘group’ as they realized this was a way to help the students in the far away classes. Each one of my students wanted to be able to respond and be a part of the learning. I heard from the other teachers in the group that their students were just as excited to receive answers from us, thereby extending the learning for all.
In May we will be going to the Museum of Fine Arts and I know Edmodo will be right there with us!